{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 31~Doing a Blog Series Will Either Kill You or Grow You

Wow! I can't believe it. I actually did it. I have written my first series! I also managed to blog twice a week for the past 4 months (except for those 2 sick days...).I have learned so much in this process. So much about myself and also about you! Here are just a few of … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 31~Doing a Blog Series Will Either Kill You or Grow You

{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 30~There is a Difference Between Forgiveness and Trust

As you can see from that picture there at the top of the page (Like the new picture? Our friend, Brianne, did such a wonderful job with our family photos!), we have 5 children. This raising and growing and training children thing is the most wonderful and most difficult task I've ever been assigned. As … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 30~There is a Difference Between Forgiveness and Trust

{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 29~He is Close Even in the Darkest of Days

Yesterday was an important day in the history of our church. As you may know, my husband and I serve at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Yes, THAT New Life. The New Life that pressed on through a change in leadership and a shooting on our campus, resulting in injuries and the death of … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 29~He is Close Even in the Darkest of Days

{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 28~The Best Gift I Can Give

I'm writing you from the quiet of my home this morning. Christmas music playing, my "home for Christmas" candle burning, tree lights on.Sounds nice, doesn't it? If only every day of this season were as calm as this morning.There are so many things to do...Christmas parties to prepare for and attend.Gifts to buy and wrap.Decorating … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 28~The Best Gift I Can Give

{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 27~Sometimes the Answer is No

If you've been around this little blog here for any amount of time, you have heard me talk about Uganda. I love the country of Uganda. I love the people of Uganda. In a I-can't-talk-about-it-without-tearing-up kind of way. In a heart racing and words get all jumbled kind of way.My daughter Brooke says these wonderful … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 27~Sometimes the Answer is No

{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 26 ~ The Good Guy Always Wins

As I mentioned in my previous post, we were on vacation last week for Thanksgiving. One of the days, we went with the whole family to see the movie "Rise of the Guardians" (which I highly recommend!).I'll try not to give too much away. It's your typical kids' movie format, good vs evil. There were … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 26 ~ The Good Guy Always Wins

{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 25 ~ To Thank Him in All Seasons

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was filled with family and fun and laughter...and chaos and bickering here and there. We gathered in Austin, TX with my husband's side of the family. There were 29 of us together for Thanksgiving dinner...16 being children. There is rarely a dull, or quiet, moment!On Thanksgiving morning, … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 25 ~ To Thank Him in All Seasons

{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 24~Engagement Story {His Version} ~ God Has Mercy on Indecisive Guys

Hi everyone, this is Brad. I'm a guest on Andrea's blog today. She told her engagement story to all of you on Monday. So now I'm gonna tell my side of the story.It was back in the summer of '96 when I first met Andrea Gilmore. And she is correct. We met whilst she was … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 24~Engagement Story {His Version} ~ God Has Mercy on Indecisive Guys

{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 23~Engagement Story {Her Version} ~ The Right Man is Worth the Wait

Thank you all for your kind words regarding last week's post. I am thankful for each one of you who wrote to encourage me and especially those of you who shared your own stories! We're in this together and there is strength that comes from being honest and open about our struggles.This week is going … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 23~Engagement Story {Her Version} ~ The Right Man is Worth the Wait

{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 22~We’re Meant to Walk in the Light

I was in the school library with my 6th grade class when the images came flooding back. The informational video about "how babies are made" presented images and content that seemed all too familiar. I ran out of the school library and down the stairs to the school counselor's office.That day was the day that … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 22~We’re Meant to Walk in the Light